Heartworm disease is one of the deadliest diseases that can take a pet’s life if effective preventatives are not provided in advance. This disease is sprawling everywhere in Canada and the USA and more pets are getting affected because of migrating populations of pets along with their owners that bring the worm responsible for the disease to the countries. Well, we cannot stop people from migrating or traveling along with their pets but we can definitely spread awareness and take proper preventive measures to combat the disease.
There are many preventatives available in the market that claim to provide holistic protection against these deadly worms but, also there is a lot of dilemma as to which product amongst all is the best. Apparently, heartworm disease has no cure, so, it is obvious that pet parents would definitely try to get the perfect one that suits their pet without having any adverse reactions.
How Does Heartgard Plus Work?
Heartgard Plus is one of the most renowned products that is claimed as a perfect preventative for Heartworms. Though there are other generic products that are equally good, Heartgard Plus also provides added protection. Here is how Heartgard Plus is better than other heartworm preventatives.
Heartgard Plus chewable has palatable, a beef flavor that comes with anthelminthic properties. It destroys the juvenile stages of Dirofilaria Immitis ( heartworm) thereby preventing the pet from heartworm infection.
Its powerful ingredients Ivermectin and Pyrantel block the GABA mediated transmission in worms and cause flaccid paralysis which leads to the death of the parasites. Hence, they are not able to coagulate and block the arteries that lead to heart attack and respiratory troubles in pets.
Benefits of Using Heartgard Plus over Other Generic Products
Heartgard Plus treats roundworm and hookworm infections which other generic treatments do not. Moreover, it comes with a flavor that mostly all pets prefer. Thus, the administration becomes quite easy. Being a product from the top healthcare products manufacturer, Boehringer Ingelheim it has earned customer’s trust. It has been in the market for a long. Moreover, whosoever customer has used the preventative has positive feedback about its efficacy.
However, it is okay to use generic products in case the pet doesn’t need any extra worm protection. In fact, generic products are equally good and more affordable as compared to brand products. These products are just a copy of the patented products with the same ingredient Ivermectin in equal concentration. The dosage schedule is also the same. So, if a customer wants to opt for its generic version, they can definitely go for it without any issues.
Heartgard Plus, however, gets an upper hand from us because other products come in tablets mostly, whereas, Heartgard Plus is a chew which acts as a treat for dogs. So, its administration is very easy. You don’t need to chase your pet to take it.
Heartgard Plus Side Effects
Heartgard Plus is a safe treatment for most dogs. But, you must not use this treatment on pups that are less than 6 weeks of age. Besides, this product has Ivermectin – an ingredient that can cause adverse effects in Border collies due to genetic intolerance of this breed in general. Thus, pets that are allergic to Ivermectin must not be treated with Heartgard Plus at all. It is better to choose another alternative.
Precautionary Measures To Take With Heartgard Plus
- You must avoid keeping the product in direct sunlight. Instead, store it in a cool and dry place.
- Avoid any contact of the product with the pet’s eyes.
- You must wash hands after handling the product.
It is all up to the convenience, budget, and preference of the pet parent to choose the product that satisfies all these aspects. But, in case, you do choose Heartgard Plus, you need not think twice unless you have Border Collie.